Australian Cattle Dog
DoB: September 2013 (estimate)
HERDING INSTINCT: Had been trained to work cattle in her early years. Has been a couple of years, since initially re-homed, that she was last worked.
ISSUES: Does not like dogs in her space - does not seem to matter if male or female, puppy or adult - she will most definitely tell them to get out of it & not always in a nice way.
Annie arrived at the Retreat just a couple of days before Christmas 2017. LPDR told us that the only issue they observed was that she did not like other female dogs, but can tolerate them if introduced slowly. She does seem to have no interest or desire to get to know other female dogs, although her particular play group includes Pepper & occasionally, Maui. She seems to be ok with other red cattle dogs but not so keen on any other breed or the blue cattle dogs.
We have seen her tell a young, bouncy Old English Sheepdog male puppy & a youngish "zingy" female border collie to watch where they are going. That was not a surprise as it seems to be normal that BCs or ACDs automatically dislike those types of dogs that bounce around (typically labs or retrievers). We've also seen her initiate play with young male puppies so, like most dogs, she is ok with some, not ok with others & we have to keep an eye on her interactions to make sure they remain positive. She'd probably be very happy to be the only dog & go everywhere with someone.
She has been out with other groups of dogs & as long as they mind a respectful distance she is willing to meet with them &/or engage in play. However, she really does not like her space intruded into, whether accidentally or due to close or crowded conditions (ex: hallways).
She is house & crate trained, likes her treats & attention & willing to go anywhere with us. We have not seen her show an interest in toys but it has been a rather busy time of year & being new to the Retreat, there is so much other stuff to check out. Based on the information provided from LPDR, she is good with cats, kids, people & travelling,
Annie was transferred to us from Lucky Paws Dog Rescue in Moose Jaw, SK. They had had no interest in her since she arrived at rescue & they were hoping that being in a breed rescue would expose her to breed knowledgeable homes.
When the rescue had put up her pictures, the original owner recognized her & contacted the rescue to fill them in on her history. She had been trained to work cattle but when the family suffered a break up & moved off the ranch, they rehomed her to a friend. The friend rehomed her to another person who did not have the time to do anything with her so she was basically chained up in the yard 24 hours a day. After his neighbor complained, the 3rd owner surrendered her to the rescue.